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CBI counsel quits Scarlett Keeling murder case

Trial in the Scarlett Eden Keeling murder case has suffered a setback as the CBI counsel quit from the case.



Panaji: Trial in the Scarlett Eden Keeling
murder case has suffered a setback as the CBI counsel quit
from the case.

Public Prosecutor S R Rivonkar wrote to the CBI
expressing his desire to quit from the case, claiming that he
would not be able to give enough time for the trial, CBI
sources said today.

Rivonkar divulged his unwillingness to continue with the
case last month and since then another lawyer has been
assigned the case, they said.

Vikram Varma, counsel of Scarlett`s mother Fiona
Mackeown, said the exit of Rivonkar from the case was
unfortunate.

"The credibility of the CBI cannot be maintained without
effective prosecutors. But I hope that the CBI replaces him
with an equally competent or better prosecutor," he added.

The British teenager, who was on a holiday to Goa along
with her mother Fiona, was allegedly drugged, sexually abused
and left to die on Anjuna beach on February 18, 2008.

Two locals, Samson D`Souza and Placido Carvalho, are
being tried in Goa Children`s Court for several offences in
the case.

The court has examined 15 witnesses during the trial,
which has been going on for almost a year, including Fiona,
who had initiated the campaign seeking justice for Scarlett.

Goa Police initially treated the case as death due to
drowning but later initiated murder investigations after Fiona
refused to buy the drowning theory.

The state government had to hand over the case to CBI
under immense pressure after the media exposed how the state
police botched up the entire investigation to protect the drug
mafia operating on the state`s coast.

PTI

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